On the corner of Rathbone Place in Fiztrovia it looks like the old Bourne & Hollingsworth department store. Get a little closer and you’ll see it is, in fact, a mural, a facade, a hoax even. We took flight down the metal stairs to reveal a basement cocktail bar, decorated as an old English tea room, with a fireplace and classic floral wallpaper reminiscent of your Grandma’s house - but this is not your Grandma’s house.
It’s furnished with mismatched tables and chairs that are somehow imperfectly perfect. White tablecloths dress the tables, (they’re clearly waiting for you) with aptly selected comfy touches that are oh so welcoming.
Just an affront
More tea, liquor?
The bar itself is a small a hatch in the wall but the magic they craft behind there is tantamount to a storm in a teacup (they serve many cocktails in china teacups.) It’s a rather splendid way for a spot of afternoon gin, or bourbon, or anything that takes your fancy - and they have a lot to fancy there.
It’s pretty mantel in there
Better than your Granny’s bar
If you like origami you’ll love their menu; a folded 4x4 square that unfolds into a box shape (sans lid) with detailed hand-drawn artwork to perfectly compliment their splendid array of libations. Believe us you’re going to be rather taken with this bar, that’ll charm the socks off you, and after a few of these cocktails maybe more will be charmed off. At Bourne & Hollingsworth your teatime pleasure just tippled.
We wanted to make sure we really tried and tested their libation selection and we’re proud to share our delightful divulgences.
Junipear: Gin mixed with pear puree, lemon juice, herbal liqueur, lengthened with lemonade and finished with a blackberry liqueur.
Hudson Cobbler: Bourbon & Drambuie with lemon bitters, seasonal fruit & berries.
Chimps Tea: Monkey Shoulder scotch whisky & peach liquor, lemon juice, Earl Grey tea syrup, orange zest. You wouldn’t get this in an Olde English Tea Shoppe.
Storm In A Mug: Dark rum & Sailor spiced rum shaken with raspberries, lime juice & spiced English Breakfast tea and topped with ginger beer.
A smashing cuppa
A visit to B & H is a teatime you won’t forget but totally not a place for tea-totals. This bar tops everything guaran’tea’d.
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